Plainville, Mass., November 4, 1920
time lost in hours Solder Filled Wire
REQUIRES CAREFUL HANDLING
our little mesh
away night and
The Ancients Better Skilled In
Some Ways Than We Are
In a previous issue of this paper
there appeared an article on the
history of mesh and most of you
have, no doubt, viewed the ancient
mesh in our little exhibit.
Judging by some of the dates </\\-
en those mesh artists were about one
leap ahead of the stone age. With
what envious eyes they must look
down upon us from the'.r happy
hunting ground above, and watch
into mesh of a much
liner and superior grade than theirs!
And as we have but little use for
armor in these days, we cut this
mesh up and join it into purses to
gladden "Miladies' Heart.*'
Thinking it over, have we so much
on those medieval chaps after all for
it seems but yesterday that we also
were winding our wire on a rod into
the form of a * spiral spring, then
splitting and joining into mesh, by
hand, the rings thus obtained, but
let's forget that slow method. In or-
der to keep up with the demand we
must have machines, good machines.
These we certainly have, as you can
see for yourself, if you will but take
a peek into the Mesh Boom.
Our best grade of mesh is soldered.
Solder-filled wire makes this possible
coupled with the fact that our mach-
ines make a perfect ring with cor-
rectly mitered and closed joints. A
perfect joint is necessary for a suc-
cessful soldering operation. That is
why it is necessary to exercise great
care in handling this mesh. Before
it is soldered, the wire that goes into
the making of soldered mesh, is only
nine one-thousandths of an inch in
diameter, and it does not require a
tremendous strain to open the rinjjs.
Open rings means unsoldered rings.
Unsoldered rings means poor mesh
that must be mended and adds great-
ly to the cost of the finished product.
(Cont'd on page 2)
( 'oloring Room,
Stamp and Press.
Snap Fastener Dept.
Gold Dept. "A".
Gold Dept. "B",
Whiting Chain Co.,
In order to have good burnishing
done on purse-tops, the tops must be
carefully prepared in the Buffing De-
partment. They must be well cleansed
so that when they are colored the
gold will deposit in good shape. Af-
ter they are colored they arc ready
for the burnisher.
A burnisher, in order to do a good
job, should have good lighl and clean
surroundings. His tools must be in
perfect shape and free from all Haws.
lie should have a good supph of clean
towels as from four to six are osed
As the tops come from the coloring
room, they have a dull finish. When
burnished, they have a hard, smooth
mirror-like surface which greatly im-
proves their appearance.
Burnishing, unlike polishing, does
not remove any of the gold in the
process. When a top is polished, a
certain small amounl of <rold goes up
the blower while burnishing merely
makes the surface hard and smooth
with no loss at all.
If one were to take a German Sil-
ver top and have it polished, there
would be nothing left but the german
silver, the gold all being polished off.
TO BK MADE IN NEW ADDITION.
The Basis of Good Mesh Is Good
Solder Filled Wire
A great deal of interest and specu-
lation have been current in the fac
tory lately regarding our new ad-
dition, what it is for and what ben-
efits will accrue from such a move.
Our new addition is intended to
house an industry affiliated, yet s p
a rated from the production of mesh
bags, namely, wire in its different
stages of manufacture.
"Many of you know this industry far
belter than the writer, but for the
benefit of those who do not, a short
word picture will be portrayed here.
Wire, that is, good wire, is the back-
bone of our mesh production and up-
on this material depends the wage of
most of our employees and the condi-
tion of our business. Good wire means
good merchandise and less heartaches
and cussing. Boor wire can easily dis-
rupt the entire organization from the
management down, destroy our pres-
tige as makers of quality mesh bags
and ruin the morale of the employees
You will readily see how important it
is that we have good wire, and if you
desire confirmation of this, ask Dick-
Berkley, flattie Coombs or Bill
Sweet. The answer you will receive
I already know, including all the em
bellishments that go with such an e\
planation to make it forceful enough
to sink in.
The initial operation in making
wire is the assembling of all nickel
silver non-solder filled scrap in our
Melting Dept.. where it is melted in a
gas melting furnace at about 1700 de-
grees of heat. When the metal tiqui
ties into a molten condition it is run
into an ingot casting and allowed to
cool or solidify, thus bringing it back
to its old condition, in a different
shape. An ingot looks a great deal
like a huge spike, two inches in diame-
ter and eighteen inches in length. Af
ter the cooling operation the ingot is
taken to the wire department where
the metal spike receives a very cutting
(Cont'd on page ;i)
by the Employees of Whiting & Davis
Company, Plainville, Mass.
J. O. (Jagnon, Chairman
W. M. Fuller Lee Higsrins F. Gaddes
(). Sotlerstroiu H. B. Howau
C. H. Pkasi.kv
COMMERCIAL P « C It - P » I H T t » »
Dont be what you ain't,
Jes" be what you is.
If you is not what you am.
If you can't exhort and preach,
Then you am not what you is.
If you're just a little tadpole.
Don't try to be a fro?.
If you're just the tail,
Don 't try to wag the dog.
You can always pass the plate
If you can't exhort and preach,
If you're just a little pebble
Don't try to be the beach.
Don't be what you ain't
Jes' be what you is.
— The Labor Union.
Articles of interest to the employees
to be published in this paper. Among
the eight hundred and more employ-
ees there surely are many who have
interesting ideas to express. Here's
your chance to get into print.
Remember our paper is a co-opera-
tive one and requires the assistance of
all who consider that it is worth while.
Do your bit today. Turn in the arti-
cles so fast that the editor will have
to hustle to find space for them.
A man is judged by what he does
with what he has, not by what he
might have done with what he might
have had, but has not. The less a
man has the greater his relative
achievement and success, and the
greater credit is due him for what he
MESH (Cont'd from page 1 )
Mesh must necessarily pass through
many hands before it becomes a fin-
ished purse, and the importance of
careful handling should be under-
stood by all.
When it comes off the machine it is
weighed, then cut up into sheets and
cleaned. Then these sheets are cut
up into baa: shapes, weighed again,
cleaned and charged for soMering,
after which they are soldered, cleaned
again, tested and repaired. Now the
mesh is ready to be joined into bags.
Then it is tested by tubbing, repaired
From this point it is checked off on
orders, and delivered to the coloring
room where it is cleaned and tubbed
for plating. Afterwards it is struck,
plated, tubbed, and lacquered before
it is ready to be delivered to the as-
sembly room where it is tapered to fit
and hung on the frames for which it
was intended. Lack of space forbids
us to go into details as to how these
various operations are accomplished,
so let us go down and have another
look at the ancient mesh. Did they
solder theirs? No, but they welded it
and how in the world did they do it ?
Tt may be that they are giving us the
laugh from up there in their happy
You cannot always judge by ap-
pearance, the early bird may have
been up all night.
The Province of Quebec was set-
tled largely by French and after the
French and English "War, one of the
peace stipulations was that the
French were to have religious free-
dom and separate schools. As a re-
sult we now have schools for both
French and English. School attend-
ance at the present is not compulsory
although efforts towards this end are
now being made. A new law has been
recently passed to the effect that no
children under sixteen are to be em-
playd in factories unless they can read
and write in either French or Eng-
Our holidays differ from yours. We
have already had our Thanksgiving
on October 11th. Besides we have
Dominion Day, July 1st; Queen's
Birthday, May 24th; Christmas and
New Year's Day in addition to nu-
merous Church Holidays which are
quite generally observed by the
I Cont'd on Page 3)
I'pon the wall beside the clock,
The Boss has placed a sign
Telling all to start their work at sev-
Instead of eight or nine.
Now, girls, take heed and listen.
We know the Boss is right ;
Plainville calls for more bags
Calls with all its might.
And during working hours
We often waste our time,
Discussing latest fashions
And the fellows, so sublime.
And as to being absent
Or late — we never should ;
We must gather in the shekels.
While the gathering is good.
We surely do feel grateful
For steady work each day.
While other shops are silent.
And employees have no pay.
Bye and bye we'll read a notice
In our "Wadco News".
Telling all its readers.
If they only choose
They can buy sweet cider
And doughnuts by the peck.
But the must come early
To the Marcil Farm, by heck !
Hurry up, my dear Marie,
Put the public wise —
For you know as well as I
How it pays to advertise.
Girls! keep away from Plympton
And all the dances there.
For Bees and Wasps do gather
To sting the dancers fair.
To hear a perfect story,
You must to Frances go,
For she got stung one fatal night.
While dancing with her beau.
Now comrades all,
O, please take note,
1 have no wish
To "get your goat."
Just keep him hitched
So he will not roam
And do be a "sport"
When a shot strikes home.
Mis. Hattie Goodwin.
WA D C O NEWS
SOLDFR FILLFD WIRE (from page l>
experience, both ends being sawed off
and Ihe residue looking like just what
it is, a cylindrical bar of niekel silver.
The next operation in line is the turn
ing off the outside to bring it down to
a smooth finish and making it perfect
ly round to about 1 % inches in diam-
eter. If we left the outside just as it
was we should have a sorry lot of wire
to deal with for each tray pit and sear
would be reproduced, surprisingly
magnified on the surface of the fin-
ished wire, for the ultimate produc-
tion is merely a smaller reflection of
the original ingot. Thus an ingot
weighing twelve pounds originally
and drawn down to .009 wire would
equal approximately 53,230 feet or
10 miles. You can imagine then, when
yon stretch a 15-inch ingot to 10 miles,
what one of those little scars or pits
would look like in .009 wire, not two
or three inches, but probably several
hundred yards would be affected. If
you should figure the surface this wire
would cover, if flattened out and
placed in a square, you could cover a
room containing 127 square feet. You
would find it some stunt to flatten out
a 15 inch ingot to cover one of your
looms, but you have that much sur-
face on it when you draw it down to
.009 wire from which we make our No.
To be cont'd
SHERBROOKE BRANCH (Cont'd)
It is a very easy matter to step out
into the open from here and game is
quite abundant. Our employees go
after deer over the week ends, but as
vet we have no venison to eat.
As you know Canadian Industries
are dependent to quite a large extent
on the United States for some portion
of their material and supplies, con-
sequently a large portion of the rev-
enue of the country is raised from
Customs Duty and we have to give a
good deal of attention to the Customs
rules and regulations, and when we
import goods from the V. S., which
we are doing frequently we, after re-
ceiving notice from the Express Com-
pany of the arrival of a shipment, in-
voice of which has or should have
reached us previously by mail, make
out three copies of an entry which
must correspond in all particulars
with the Customs manifest.
L. W. Cook.
I. con Mooradian
Mrs. Edgar Beaupre Assembly Boom
Miss Idella Dumas
•Tess'e Jillson Polishing Room
Wa^do E. Barney Coloring Room
.T. A. Robitalle " "
Leo Greve Bench Dept.
Joseph E. Moran
Augustin II eon
I.eontine Gamin Soldered Mesh
Mrs. Helen Richmond Unsold *d Mesh
Mrs." Emile Lacasse
John Endels Tool Room
Alfred E. Blake Stamp & Press
Arthur Gallaut Maintenance Dept.
M. C. Henderson
Ralph. Spence Planning Dept.
John Meegan Office
Grace Rhodes Packing Room
Assembly Room Song Titles
Mr. Francis: "Who do you want to
make those eyes for ? ' '
Irene: "Oh, you Beautiful Dodd."
Eva: " My Baby 's Arms. ' '
Josephine: "Kiss Me Again."
Cora : "Sweet Kisses. "
Molly: "Keep away from the Fellow
with an Automobile."
Mr. Childs:"I love the Ladies.'"
Evelyn: "Love Nest."
Elsie II.: "Daddy Long Legs."
Helen :" Smiles."
Lee Higgins evidently can put up a
good bluff. If you don't believe it ask
the "cop" at Norwood.
The man who shouts that all bosses
should be sent to the junk pile means
that he has a hankering to be boss
Prank Brown, Editor
In 1889, the Meteors of North At-
tleboro were a very strong club and of
course the rivalry was just as strong
then between the Attleboros as it is
at present. The Attleboro fans chal-
lenged the Meteors for a game and it
was finally arranged. The following
is the report of the contest from the
The Attleboros came to town on
Saturday and the way they were
trimmed by the local boys was some-
thing terrible, the final score being
■ VI to 0. Jingo Draper was in the
points for North and the way he
mowed our Boys down was awful.
striking out 18 men. He was ably as-
sisted by Oscar YValden behind the
plate, who handled Draper's cannon-
ball delivery to perfection. Slater
and Kelly were in the points for At-
tleboro, who lasted one inning. After
that inning every player on the At-
tleboro team took a hand in the box.
but it was no use. for the boys from
up North were hitting for three bases,
home runs and singles galore. It was
some game. The writer was there with
r few Bing'es to help along the slaugh-
We are about to start a bowling con-
test in the factory. Some of ihe
bowlers have been talking it up and it
looks as if every department will have
A regular shop team will enter the
League which is being formed at the
Anawan Alleys and as we have some
of the very best in this locality at
knocking them down, we should cop
There is a place in baseball for the
curve pitcher, but never for a crook
Hughey (Eee Yah) Jennings is to
be associate manager of the X. V.
Giants. What a combination he and
Mugsey will make?
Phil Bennett has returned from
his honeymoon and was presented
with a cut glass set by the bench
hands. F. H. Brown presented it
in his usual manner but didn't have
a chance to kiss the bride.
CAUGHT IN THE MESH
A homely little girl met Arthur
Plante on the stairs the other day
and was heard to say, "Hello, you
tunny face." " I '11 bring you a mir-
ror in the morning," was his reply.
Why is Edith like a Winchester?
Because she always repeats.
Ida Meyers wishes that Mildred
would find out whose birthday it is
before she greases any noses.
Fred Lymls was a bachelor gay
Who came to work in his ear every
It would be my joy and pride
To be always by his side. —
But what would his mother say
Xo doubt you all know Bob Austin.
He took his girl into Boston.
They had everything fine,
He smiled all the time
Until he found out what it eost him.
HEALTH HINTS— VI
Fever Symptoms. Certain gen-
eral symptoms are characteristic
of all fevers, and local complica-
tions may modify or exaggeratethe
symptoms of any fever. The gen-
eral symptoms of acute febrile af-
tions are dry, hot skin, thirst, full,
rapid pulse, coated tongue, diges-
tive disorder, loss of appetite,
headache, pain in the back and
limbs, elevation of temperature,
and increased waste of tissue due
to a perversion of the physiologic
processes. An increased amount
of carbonic acid gas is thrown off
by the lungs. A partial compen-
sation for the waste of tissue is
made by the increase in the con-
sumption of oxygen. This point
needs special emphasis, for the in-
creased consumption of the oxy-
gen requires an increased air
space, and special attention to ven-
tilation. Various classifications of
fevers will be given later.
B. G. Cote, \urse
There was a young man named
And you bet he was some "deceiv-
er. ' '
As he walked up the aisle
At the girls he did smile.
And at last his wife said, "I will leave
Of course you all know Kittie Greve,
So this news you will gladly receive.
Dame Rumor hath said
She shortly will wed.
We'll trim her. you'd better believe.
Ed: "Here's an apple. Olga."
Olga : "What's the matter with
Al and Bud Kenyon should put on
their lights the net time they stop on
Red Rock Hill.
Frank Gaddes claims that he went
twenty miles on a half gallon of gas.
How far did he walk?
The Hallowe'en dance of the W. S.
Club gave all an opportunity to have
a good time. Dame Rumor was right
— cider and doughnuts were there.
All had a fine time.
Ed. Rocket has sold his motorcycle
and is now driving one of Henry's
It is certainly surprising how bash-
fid the fellows are who come from
Wrentham, especially Leon.
Have you ever heard of the "Lolly-
pop twin six?" If you want to join,
( 'upid has entered the Stamp Room
for Levi Reynolds has "gone and
done it." Congratulations, Levi.
A certain young girl of the Plan-
ning Department, when told that
Walter MeCann was going to see
"Irene" one night, looked up with a
troubled expression, and asked "Irene
Who ? ' '
Last Sunday. Ed. Hoffman, Bill
Card and Charlie Nash took to the
Indian Trail where their efforts were
rewarded by seven specimens of ar-
Who refereed the bout on last Wed-
nesday night after work? They say
it was a pippin while it lasted. What
is the matter with hiring a hall and
having it out? Jim Coyne will ref-
eree, I am sure, and there will be a
Mrs. G. Rivet, of the Woonsocket
Branch, won the canary raffled off by
You have heard the laugh of a vam-
The giggle of the coquette.
But when Rita McGerry gets going.
All your troubles vou'll forsret.
We hear a lot in regard to the
vamps in the W. & D. Co. How about
this quartet from the W. C. Co.: Ra-
chel Simpson, Del Staples. Annie Gal-
ager and Etta Fitzpatrick ?
Miss Nellie Cannon has returned to
work after having been out for sev-
eral weeks with an injured finger.
The price of lumber must have gone
up. Sylvia came to work the other
day without his toothpick.
Mesh Room Conversation
Joe: "Do you know that Dick has
hired some new help?"
Sam : "No. I didn't ; when are they
going to start in?"
Joe: "Sixteen vears from now."
Sam: "How's that?"
Joe: "Because they will just be of
age at that time."
Sam: "What kind of work is Dick
going to have them do?"
Joe: "Why. I think he will teach
one of them how to fix mesh machines
under the supervision of his father.
Bob Pelligri, and the other, being a
girl, will learn about joining machines
under the supervision of her father,
Felix Benoit. Felix beat Bob by four
Irene, the new vamp, in the As-
sembly Room is being very successful.
Do-Do and Pinky have left us for a
warmer climate. We regret the loss